But the "monster" actually evolved for positive reasons. Throughout our primordial past it discouraged desertion by a mate, bolstering the family unit and enabling the survival of the young. At the same time, it has pushed us to abandon philanderers—and many a futile match—in favor of more stable and rewarding partnerships. Jealousy can even be good for love. One partner may feel secretly flattered when the other is mildly jealous.
Molina, a homosexual window dresser, seems to represent the revolution in sexuality by his sexual preference towards men while Valentin seems to uphold the traditional role of heterosexuality through his sexual preference for women. Molina adheres to the traditional expectation that women, or female characters, should be submissive in courtship and sexual intimacy, while Valentin believes in female empowerment and revolution in sexual relationships. Molina’s expectations of women and men, as defined by his conversations with Valentin, define him as a traditional character in terms of sexual relationships because he is a submissive woman having sex with a dominant man, consistent with the definition of heterosexual love and sexual power according to the standard of conservative Argentina in the 1970s. Conversely, Valentin represents the revolutionary concepts of gender equality in intercourse and characters in homosexual love because he rejects the idea that Molina is a woman but still has sex with him. Manuel Puig’s novel shows that character identification as either traditional or revolutionary in terms of sexual relationships depends less on the sexuality of the character and more on the way that their personal definitions influence the way act in courtship and intimacy, the
This common theme of forthright behavior demonstrates that the female is battling for equality in a male-dominated world. In the romantic comedy realm, the male character is often of lower social status – much unlike the current reality. The male is characteristically made to look foolish. They are sometimes seen cross-dressing like David Huxley from Bringing Up Baby. The male role was often depicted as being passive and submissive like Godfrey Park in My Man Godfrey.
Another possible interpretation of Orsino’s thoughts could be seen as him as not being consumed with love itself, but indulging the idea of it. Therefore, he does not necessarily truly love Olivia, but has heard about love and desires to participate in the feeling. This is an example of courtly love, where only by long devotion and much suffering could a man win his ideal woman, where such love was sexless and idealised. In reality, it usually meant that men like Orsino were in love with the idea of love, rather than love itself. Overall, it is made clear that love will be a main theme of ‘Twelfth Night’ as it presents itself within the
The Corruption of Society: Love While times have changed, the idea of love has nonetheless remained the same. Phaedrus’s speech in Plato’s Symposium makes statements that relate to how powerful love was and still is today, by controlling people’s lives and actions. Shame drives individuals to be the best that they can be in order to be seen desirable in their lover’s eyes. Although the idea has remained the same, the exchange of love has been altered. Love is no longer between a man and a boy, but more commonly between adults: traditionally between a man and a woman.
I believe he was almost trying to prove a point by not looking at Clarissa. He was sulking in his own restless sorrow and wanted her to be the one who asked what was the matter. For then they would be able to discuss the distance that Peter felt between the two. The previous sentences are a critical point in the novel; because it depicts the simple nature of human love. How easily influenced one can be when they are madly in love with someone.
Bianca struggles to fight for the love and respect she thinks she deserves from her partner, Cassio. A clear sign of Cassio’s authority is Bianca’s obedience towards him. After a quick phase of Bianca’s jealousy of another possible mistress, Cassio demands her to get over it and leave him be; she then says, “Tis very good. I must be circumstanced.” The way she almost immediately obeys his commands evidently gives him the power in their relationship. Throughout the play, Cassio who merely views her as an instrument for his bodily pleasures is constantly playing Bianca.
We see two of these characters in Delia from Zora Neale Hurston’s story “Sweat” and John’s wife in Charlotte Perkins Gillman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The male dominators in these stories are clearly driven by their necessity to control and feel superior, leaving their spouses feeling trapped and suppressed but yet still holding on to a faint glimpse of loyalty and love they feel for their oppressors. It is a natural ambition to want to have control and authority in your life. The problem we sometimes encounter is that this comes at the expense of another person. Men like John from “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Sykes from “Sweat” are examples of how this typically happens, especially in marriage.
Bethany is the intelligent one with a good job and Carla is the beautiful one that always gets asked out by attractive men. Both of these characters are jealous and say things throughout the story to prove that the other’s trait is more desirable. What is more important, beauty or intelligence? That seems to be a problem that many people deal with in their respective lives and there doesn’t seem to be an underlying answer that justifies one case or the other. Throughout the story, the characters bicker back and forth about why it is better to be intelligent over being beautiful and vice versa.
In different ways, both of these men are proud and affluent, yet both have downfalls that will lead to a tragic ending. Edgar Allan Poe’s use of language contributes to the understanding of the dynamic between the two men. Although the two men are perceived differently, they both want the same thing; to satisfy the taste for something that has been long overdue. Poe has an eloquent way of reproducing great literary elements in the story, the theme of deception and revenge, is justified with the use of Irony and symbolism. “THE Thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge” (Poe 1).